As the Washington Nationals visit the pennant-favored Dodgers terrific NLDS matchup on Thursday night.
Heres a look at this series.
It is the next time the Nationals and Dodgers will fit at the playoffs (third if you rely Washingtons times as the Montreal Expos). The Dodgers maintained a winner-take-all Game 5 at Washington. L.A. ace Clayton Kershaw came on in the ninth to have a rare rescue.
This season, the Dodgers won four of seven vs. the Nationals. L.A. split four at home by May 9-12 (back after the Nats were really fighting ) and won two in D.C. from July 26-28. Cody Bellinger, the probably NL MVP this season, hit .391 vs. Nats casting but didnt homer.
Justin Turner, Corey Seager, and Joc Pederson united for six homers and 16 RBIs vs. Washington. L.A. hit only .209 as a team.
Washington struck .218 as a team vs. L.A.. The Nats greatest offensive player, third baseman Anthony Rendon (whos place for free agency when this season ends), was 7-for-25 using three doubles and four RBIs. Soto hit just .188. Trea Turner .231.
Because the Nationals used then co-ace Stephen Strasburg for 3 and Scherzer for five innings in relief Tuesday, neither is readily available for likely or Game 1 Game 2 — after casting 34 pitches, though Strasburg may go. More likely it will be Anibal Sanchez in Game 2.
On Thursday, its lefty Patrick Corbin (14-7, 3.25) and he knows the Dodgers well from his days with the Arizona Diamondbacks. He won on May 9 in Los Angeles, shutting the Dodgers out about three hits over seven. Corbin is on regular rest but wasnt good in their own season finale, allowing six runs across 4.1 innings vs. Cleveland.
L.A.s Turner hammers himgoing 12-for-32 with three doubles and two homers. Turner, who spent the previous week of the time hanging outside and nursing a back injury, will probably be ready for the sequence.
Rich Hill at Game 4 has set his spinning yet other than dodgers director Dave Roberts. It will be Kershaw, Hyun-Jin Ryu, also Walker Buehler in some order the initial few games. Roberts says the purchase is known by him but is not saying yet. I would imagine it is Kershaw, Buehler Ryu.
If theres 1 issue with the Dodgers its nearer Kenley Jansen, that finished 2019 with career highs in ERA and discounted.
MLB free pick: L.A. set a franchise record for wins, however, the Nationals finally possess that playoff monkey off their back. They win in five.
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